The idea behind the exhibit is to learn much from those who had little: female artists of color who were excluded and denied.
“They are part of a continuum of struggle, but also of achievement,” Linda Goode Bryant said.
Some of those represented at the Brooklyn Museum were first shown at a Manhattan gallery started by Bryant in 1974.
“African American artist and other artists of color were not being shown in galleries or major institutions like museums,” Brant said.
What came to be called “the black arts movement” grew out of the black power movement.
“This exhibition covers a 20 year period of amazing change in American politics and American art history,” co-curator Catherine Morris said.
The canvas called “for the women’s house” was painted by Faith Ringgold as a beacon of hope for female prisoners at Riker’s Island.
“Here you have a world where women were what was upfront… Women were being everything in society which in real time society…